5.4

by Kelvin Smith

Whether in the dark or light of day, stick-and-stone attacks will hurt, but the cost of careless or malicious words can be a greater farrago of financial cost, febrile litigation and loss of face.

Words available to readers are required for serious defamation, libel.  Words on screen make the place of publication and distribution a less geographically restricted limiter of liability than before. In the places where damages to reputation may be least but damages that can be claimed are highest, this can be a useful earner for the globally entitled, the people of whom so much that isn’t nice can most easily and correctly be said and written.

Publish and be damned to penury is more like it now.